Babikins Magazine feature 01.21.2014
As we move into 2014, we have been doing a lot of future-planning, goal-setting and plan-making for this coming year, but we feel like it’s really important to pause, look back at the previous year and assess what worked and what didn’t. So we started writing down our biggest successes, most exciting moments and also the things that disappointed us or we’d count as failures, because frankly, each one of these things will teach us how we want to move forward into 2014. Its not all just list-making though, we are putting on our business women hats and crunching some serious numbers, as well.
We’re so thankful for the new relationships, friends and clients that have come from 2013. It’s truly been an incredible year for our business. We can’t go without recognizing that we are some of the lucky ones that are actually living our dream, doing exactly what we were meant to do! And a huge thank you to all of our Ampersand friends who stop by our little blog to see what we’re up to, we’re grateful for each and every one of you!
We’ve got big plans for 2014 and some of them have already started (ah…you know how we hate keeping secrets)! But before we move forward, let’s look back at 2013, want to come along on the journey with us? Let’s go:
JANUARY // We kicked off 2013 by traveling to Salt Lake City for Alt Summit and we had the honor of speaking at a roundtable about Going Into Business with Friends, (Full Alt Summit recap here). Oh and yes, we got to meet Jessica Alba! // We got to introduce our first stationery collection with teNeues // We launched our partnership with LaPlates for our custom designed melamine plates and platters
MARCH // our very first fabric collection, Cream & Sugar, starting shipping to stores across the world and online boutiques // our work was published in Playing with Type book by Rockport Press // announced we are
in over our heads HIRING an intern //
APRIL // welcomed Jordan & Emily to the Ampersand team // partnered with The Honest Co for their awesome products & pinning parties // did a local meet & greet at Harper’s Fabrics to launch our Cream & Sugar fabric collection
SEPTEMBER // Carrie had a baby!
OCTOBER // attended Quilt Market in Houston and shot a video // new partnership for kids room decor with Oopsy Daisy // we moved (again)! to the Kansas City Crossroads Arts District downtown // prepared to launch our second fabric collection, 8 Days a Week, with a massive 3-location photo shoot and lots of help from our sewing friends!
NOVEMBER // started selling our screen prints at one of our favorite local shops, Utilitarian Workshop // Had the pleasure of designing The Country Club Plaza Lights banners // hosted a super fun holiday trunk show for The Land of Nod in our very own studio!!
And 2013 was so good to us in the press! Thanks to all of you who featured one of our products, our shop, or the work we have done!! We appreciate every single word! Better Homes & Gardens, Apartment Therapy, To & From Magazine, Adore Home Magazine, the cover of Fon’s & Porters Love of Quilting, Camille Styles, Honest to Nod, The Vault Files, 100 layer cakelet, blogshop Philly, Spaces Magazine, KC Weddings magazine and so many more!!
We also took our wholesale business to new levels and added lots of new accounts to our list including Shop Made by Girl in NYC, Collected in Aukland, New Zealand, Take Heart in Austin, TX and our most recent, Schoolhouse Electric!
All in all, we’d like to say a big huge CHEERS to 2013!!!! You’ve been incredible to us and we can’t wait to see what 2014 holds!
(And just in case you’re curious, here’s our look back from a year ago and 2012!)
We can’t get enough black, white & gold EVERYTHING!!!! Here’s a little round-up of the goodies on our shop to satisfy your luxe needs!!
Limited edition screen prints, iphone cases, hair ties, melamine platters—tongs of perfect gifts! Come on over and get to shoppping :)
(AND…..pssst….we’re offering one more discount for those of you trying to cross off your holiday shopping list: 15% off with code HOHOHO! Expires at midnight on Monday, 12/16!)
We are BEYOND thrilled to see our Melamine Ampersand Pattern Platter show up in one of our absolute FAVORITE magazines!!! Spaces Kansas City always highlights the best of the best in Kansas City and beyond! The photography is beautiful, the writing is fascinating, the trend predictions are right on target and we always get to learn more about the interesting people that make up our fine little city! Thank you so much for including us in your “Seeing Things in Black & White” round-up! We LOVE it all!
(Grab a platter for yourself here)
In honor of small business Saturday, we want to share some exciting news about our latest partnership right here in Kansas City! (You may recall our post about their kickstarter campaign back in December of 2012). Utilitarian Workshop is an innovative group that designs heirloom furniture and spaces (yeah, they do it all). Stemming from their line of furniture grew a one of a kind, brick & mortar shop that sells uniquely hand-crafted goods for the modern environment. Needless to say, we couldn’t be more thrilled to have our limited edition screen prints included in their collection. A variety of our gold and black posters are now for sale at UW! Support small business Saturday and stop by to see them and pick up a print!
They are located at 1659 Summit in Kansas City, Missouri, right next door to Westside Local.